How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch

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Farmers and ranchers seeking to cut production costs or improve stewardship of natural resources often experiment with new methods. Designing and carrying out simple research tests in a more organized fashion, however, can provide reliable, valuable answers to production questions. This bulletin describes how to conduct research at the farm level, with practical tips for both crop and livestock producers as well as a comprehensive list of more in-depth resources.

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  • Market analysis
  • Contact agricultural extension offices
  • Be precise about questions
  • Quantitative research
  • Surveys
  • Qualitative research
  • Focus groups
  • In-depth interviews
  • Discussions
  • Consumer choices
  • Preferences


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